Kansas City


The Kansas City School District encompasses 43 schools, including 28 elementary schools, 7 middle schools, 7 high schools, and 1 alternative school. The district as a whole faces significant challenges, ranking 261 out of 269 districts in the state and holding a 0-star rating from SchoolDigger.

While a few schools, such as Sumner Academy of Arts & Science, a high school that ranks 6th out of 327 high schools in the state, demonstrate strong academic performance, the majority of schools in the district struggle. For example, John Fiske Elementary ranks 635th out of 660 elementary schools and has a 0-star rating, with only 15.38% of 3rd graders proficient or better in English Language Arts and 30.76% proficient or better in Mathematics. In contrast, Emerson Elementary stands out with particularly strong math performance, with 60.6% of 3rd graders and 39.28% of 4th graders proficient or better.

The data reveals stark disparities in academic performance, resources, and funding across the Kansas City School District. While a few schools excel, the majority struggle with very low test scores, high poverty rates, and suboptimal staffing and funding levels. Addressing these systemic issues and uplifting educational outcomes for all students in Kansas City will require a comprehensive, district-wide approach to tackle the complex web of factors contributing to the current state of affairs.

District Detail

 2010 N. 59th Street
Kansas City, KS 66104

 (913) 551-3200

SchoolDigger Rank:
261st of 269 Kansas districts

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Grades served: PK, KG-12
Students: 22,013

Primary Schools: 28
Middle Schools: 7
High Schools: 7
Alternative Schools: 1

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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Kansas State Department of Education.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS: Not all boundaries are included. We make every effort to ensure that boundaries are up-to-date. But it's important to note that these are approximations and are for general informational purposes only. To verify legal descriptions of boundaries or school locations, contact your local tax assessor's office and/or school district.

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